I am a Mother of two. My boys are my pride and joy. I want to laugh with them, cry with them -experience the world, their world, with them. Motherhood has given me reason and clarity, an absolute abundance of purpose. I just want to be the best Mother that I can be for them!
Hi Hi Hi! Or rather Ho! Ho! Ho! (:p) I don't know about you guys but my last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity- shopping, Santa Photo Ops! (A must ;))visiting and oh mah lawd! A whole lot of making and baking! As ecstatic as I am to do it, let it be known that I'm happy it is only once a year, if you know what I mean :p).This year I'll be handing out cookie baskets and knitted hats and scarves for presents. Ah I can't wait to see the look on their faces! (I totally get that there is all this gadget and gizmos nowadays, which I freaking love too! but I know for a fact everybody can still appreciate some good old mom made knits and home baked cookies!) Oh and before I forget to mention....it is also OPIE's FIRST CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!! And that's kind of a big thing!
There are a lot of tried and true sneakies that are around and about that you can get recipes for online - Juices, Popsicles, Soups Shakes. I wanted to share with you guys my go to recipe for (drum roll please) Blueberry Avocado Muffins! Now I like this recipe because it is a solid food and can be given out after meals as a sort of dessert (little do they know heh heh heh) and I imagine they feel a satisfaction for the tact and act of holding and chewing. I have to be honest and say that I don't quite remember the exact source I got this recipe from but I remember coming into around about when Anthony (My first!) started eating solids (although I'm pretty sure I got it from my friend Jules - hence I titled it as such) Unlike Opie, big brother Anthony is a very picky eater as it is, you can imagine what it would be like to even have a mouthful of broccoli. I am sooooo happy that he likes these muffins. Without further ado - here is 'Jule's Blueberry Avocado Muffins!'
2 CUPS ORGANIC FLOUR
2 TSP BAKING POWDER
1/2 TSP BAKING SODA
1 RIPE ORGANIC AVOCADO, SEEDED AND PEELED
1/2 CUP ORGANIC RAW SUGAR
1 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT
1/2 TSP CINNAMON
1 CUP PLAIN WHOLE FAT YOGURT [I USED GREEK STYLE]
1 1/4 CUP ORGANIC BLUEBERRIES
Heat oven to 375 and spray or line a regular or mini muffin tin.
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, scoop out avocado, discarding seed, and beat until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and beat well. Beat in egg until completely combined. Add vanilla, yogurt and cinnamon and blend well.
Pour in the flour mixture 1/3 at a time, mixing until just combined. Gently fold in blueberries. Spoon into muffin tin, filling 3/4 way to the top. Sprinkle raw sugar on top of each muffin.
Bake for 15 minutes for mini muffins or 25-30 minutes for regular muffins, or until toothpick domes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before transitioning to rack.
This Recipe makes 36 mini muffins or 12 regular muffins. Store in air-tight container on counter for 1 week.
As you can see from the photos both Opie and Anthony enjoy these muffins. I try to bake a batch once every two weeks, it usually takes them about 3/4 days to finish them. I don't want to make them too much that it stops being a treat for them so in between the batches I try out servings as juices!
That's its for now friends! I hope you all are getting in on the joyful spirit of the season, and that you are as blessed and humbled by the wonderful people and feelings as I am. Till next time!